Ryan Lochte Wasn’t Robbed, He Trashed A Toilet And Lied To His Mum About It
It seems like sixtime gold medallist Ryan Lochte is more relatable than we realised.
(Although, for most of us, a white lie to our mother doesn’t end in a possible international incident which leads to the Brazilian police wanting us in for questioning and eventually detaining our teammates and refusing to let them leave the country.)
The US Olympic Committee has been forced to apologise for Lochte’s behaviour after it was revealed his claims of being ‘robbed at gunpoint’ were falsified.
“On behalf of the United States Olympic Committee, we apologize to our hosts in Rio and the people of Brazil for this distracting ordeal in the midst of what should rightly be a celebration of excellence.”
It all started when Ryan Lochte’s mum, Illeana, spoke to the press and told them what he had told her – that he and his teammates were robbed by several men with guns and knives, and that everyone was a bit shaken up but okay.
The story was everywhere, and Lochte came out and confirmed it.
But after some Brazilian investigating, some released CCTV footage, and the removal for questioning of two of his teammates as they boarded their flights home – the truth seems to have been revealed.
The United State’s Olympic Commiteesaid in a statement:
As we understand it, the four athletes (Bentz, Conger, Feigen and Ryan Lochte) left France House early in the morning of August 14 in a taxi headed to the Olympic Village. They stopped at a gas station to use the restroom, where one of the athletes committed an act of vandalism.
An argument ensued between the athletes and two armed gas station security staff, who displayed their weapons, ordered the athletes from their vehicle and demanded the athletes provide a monetary payment. Once the security officials received money from the athletes, the athletes were allowed to leave.
The owner of the Shell gas station told reporters that the group broke a soap dispenser, broke a door, tore down a sign and urinated around the premises. Lovely.
So basically, Lochte got drunk and wrecked a bathroom, and then paid the guy who owns the place for the broken door, soap dispenser and other things. When his mum called, he decided it would be easier to make himself sound like the victim instead, and told her he was robbed.
It was only swimmers Lochte and Fiegan who claimed to have been robbed at gunpoint, when asked for testimony fellow swimmers Bentz and Congogave an account that contradicted Lochte’s version of events.
CCTV footage of them at the gas station has since been released, which seems to fall in line with the idea that the group were not in fact robbed at gun point.
Lochte’s lawyer, Jeff Ostrow, claimed the footage fell in line with the ‘primary elements’ of his client’s story.
“There was a uniformed person with a gun who forced them to hand over money,” he said.
Olympic officials in Rio are playing down the drama, saying that no apologies are needed. Mario Andrada, spokesperson for the Rio Olympics organizing committee said:
“We need tounderstand that these kids were just trying to have fun. Sometimes you take actions you later regret.”
Admittedly, this seems like a lie to his mum that 32-year-old Lochte is now definitely regretting.
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